18 Halloween decorations that scream spooky season

Beware! You might want to buy them all

Halloween home decorations on mantle piece with bunting and candle holder
(Image credit: Ginger Gray)

If you’re having a Halloween party or just can’t get enough of all the novelty pumpkins, ghosts and cauldrons filling your favourite stores, then this curated list of Halloween decorations is for you. Besides, decorating your home for Halloween is the best part of summer coming to a close, in our eyes.

Whether you’re wanting to give your guests a scare or you'd like to go for a more cosy chic approach (hello Instagram pics), we’ve got all the Halloween home decor you could think of. From Halloween porch decorating ideas, like pumpkin-filled autumn wreaths to neon lights and lanterns to create an eerie atmosphere, you’re bound to be the best dressed house on the street. They’re from affordable retailers too, like Amazon, Etsy and George at Asda. We're big believers that being on a budget shouldn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. 

And if you’re looking for autumn decor buys to put up before October 31st and to last you up until Christmas, then there are also some subtle seasonal pieces we've included, too. Deck out your house in dark colours, spiders webs and all things scare-worthy before everyone else does! Beware, they'll probably sell out fast... 

18 cheap but chic Halloween decorations 

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Louise Oliphant

Louise is our Ecommerce Writer and a shopping guru when it comes to kitting out your home with seasonal decor. She's recently moved into a new flat and is just as excited as you are (probably) to buy Halloween decorations, from those fluffy pumpkin pillows everyone is after to some spooky string lights to hang in her hallway. 

"When searching for seasonal pieces to add to your home, budget is always a priority. Ideally, no one wants to spend a cauldron load of money on items that won't be up for long. So I've sourced some cheap but chic buys that'll see you through to next year, as well as more versatile pieces that'll look great after Halloween is over". 

When should Halloween decorations be put up?

As with any holiday celebration, there is no set rule when it comes to putting up your decorations. That being said, the most popular time to put up your garlands and get out your pumpkin-shaped pillows is the first two weeks of October, with others waiting until a scheduled Halloween party to fully kit out their space for the spooky-season. 

How do I decorate for Halloween on a budget

We spoke to Hannah Littlewood, Festive, Halloween & Small Events Trading Assistant at ASDA George for her advice on decorating, without overspending. She says "Halloween isn't the time for subtlety so spend your money on a few hero pieces that really stand out (like our spooky twig lights) and then fill out the ambiance with homemade scary paper garlands and lots of sweets."

Otherwise there are plenty of DIY Halloween decorating ideas to try if you'd prefer not to buy. 

Louise Oliphant
Ecommerce Editor

Louise is the Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, specialising in sleep content so you can wind-down well. With prior PR experience working for a luxury bedding brand, Louise knows the importance of getting a great night’s sleep. Joining the other side of the desk as a full-time journo, Louise brings her bedding expertise to writing sleep buying guides, reviews, and news for Real Homes. Aside from helping readers get essential shut eye, Louise also writes shopping content for homeware items that’ll add a decorative edge to your space. With an eye for design that won’t snooze on style, but a budget that won’t quite stretch, Louise loves nothing more than a modern designer dupe. From coloured glassware to contemporary storage, anything to upgrade the bare space of her rented East London flat.